Homosexual activist Lair Scott has initiated a petition that seeks to persuade the children’s program “Sesame Street” to “let Bert and Ernie get married,” reports Kelly Boggs in a commentary for Baptist Press.
“For the uninitiated,” writes Boggs, ”Bert and Ernie are two of the more recognizable puppets who appear on the PBS children’s program ‘Sesame Street.’ The pair has been a staple on the program since it first aired in 1969.”
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There are a variety of problems with Lair’s petition, which has more than 7,500 signatures.
First of all, it assumes Bert and Ernie were created and/or intended to project or promote homosexuality, an assumption Sesame Street strongly denies. In a statement on its Facebook site, Sesame Street insisted its puppets are not intended to have a sexual orientation.
“Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have sexual orientation,” the Sesame Street statement read.